Welcome to the fourth article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.
In my previous posts I discussed the importance of securing your own site, your client sites, and how educating your clients about website security can foster trust and growth in your freelance or agency business.
After you’ve communicated the Why, Who, How and When of website hacks, it’s time to either start building security into your project proposals and costs or to continue educating your clients. Or both really 🙂
In this post, I’m going to share five website security best practices that are easy to implement. Whether you include these steps as part of your service, or your website security education plan, your clients will benefit. What’s even better, they’re easy to implement! So let’s get to it, shall we?
The Gutenberg WordPress Editor will very soon be part of WordPress core. This new editor promises a completely different content creation experience in WordPress, and is arguably one of the biggest changes of functionality in WordPress history. And no single core feature has ever inspired such heated debate amongst WordPress users and developers.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to check out the Drupal community in San Diego, during the 10th annual SANDCamp. SiteLock protects many Drupal sites in addition to WordPress sites, so it was a joy to meet everyone in the community and learn more about the current state of Drupal.
Welcome to the third article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.
In my first post I discussed the importance of security for your business and your own websites and in my second post, I showed you the benefits of securing your client sites, before handing them over.
In this post, I’m going to share why security education is important and how to educate your clients about security in terms they’ll easily understand as it applies to their businesses.
Educating your clients (and potential clients) about website security isn’t just the right thing for your business, it’s the right thing to do period. Let’s talk about why that is, who’s ultimately responsible for website security, and how a dedicated focus on security can help set you apart from the crowd while increasing your value and revenue.
In our series on managing WordPress updates, we’ve discussed how crappy it is when your website breaks, and examined lots of solutions to avoid it ever happening. One of the things we strongly recommend is having a good backup process in place.
Welcome to the second article in our Making Security Makes Sense to Clients series.
In our first post, I talked about the importance of securing your own site first, and what can happen if you don’t. If you’ll recall, a website hack ruined my first internet business and I want to make sure you’re doing all you can to mitigate the risks to your own website, and those of your clients.
Let’s assume your own site is secured. Great. Now, what about your client sites? Are you actively implementing basic security best practices on the sites you hand over? This post will talk about why securing your clients’ websites is important to your immediate and long-term business.
Returning to WordCamp Miami this weekend was like a homecoming for me. I first attended in 2013 where I met many of the people I now call my friends and colleagues. These connections also eventually led to my current Open Source Community Manager position with SiteLock. Although I’ve been in the WordPress space since 2005, these past five years have seen massive growth in both the software we all know and love, and for me professionally.
We know updates are important! We also know updates can potentially break your site. When your LIVE SITE breaks, it’s a huge deal and can be time consuming and costly to fix – both in terms of technical support, and lost revenue. A much better solution is to first do your updates on a version of your site that ISN’T live, a site that is an exact duplicate of your live site. A site that can break without causing pandemonium in your life. This site is called a Staging Site, and it’s the recommended way to make updates and changes before doing them on Live.
If you’re someone who builds websites for clients, you’ve probably learned that offering (or requiring) monthly maintenance contracts is smart business. This ensures a steady income stream you can rely on and helps with financial forecasting. It’s likely you’re including core software, plugin and theme updates as part of your maintenance plan, but are you including website security as part of your project proposal and scope?
Updates to your WordPress site become available all the time, whether these are updates to Core, Themes, or Plugins. Since many updates build off each other, the longer you wait to update, the greater the risk of something going wrong. Smaller incremental updates makes it easier to identify and fix an issue if there is one.
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